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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel

Photos from Hannah and Eric’s wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, which began with the couple getting ready in separate suites. We then documented a romantic first look on the rooftop helipad and portraits in the downstairs courtyard before their Jewish-inspired wedding ceremony overlooking the city of Los Angeles. They ended the night celebrating with their family and friends during a ballroom wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, accompanied by a live band.

HANNAH & ERIC

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Wedding photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

Hannah and Eric first reached out to me back in the fall of 2017 about capturing their engagement session at Solstice Canyon and El Matador Beach. I was thrilled to hear from them again in February 2018 when they selected me as their photographer for this wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

From the getting ready to the ceremony, portraits, and reception, everything was going to be happening in the one place. So I met up with my second photographer and assistant at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel on the morning of their special day to document all the action.

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Hannah and Eric kiss beneath their Chuppah on the rooftop of the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Getting ready photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

While my second photographer was with Eric, his groomsmen and both of the dads, my assistant and I were with Hannah, her bridesmaids, and both of the moms as they prepared in their suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel. I captured candid photos of Hannah having the final touches applied to her makeup and a shot as she admired her wedding dress, as well as some portraits with her bridesmaids in their matching pajamas.

After Hannah slipped into her gorgeous dress, I documented some special moments with her mom as she helped to secure the back of her dress and a photo with her sister and sister-in-law as she stepped into her shoes. Hannah then read a note card from her soon-to-be husband before we captured some portraits of her with her bouquet looking absolutely radiant.

It was then time for the first look with her dad, which was an emotional moment as both tried to hold back tears. Hannah’s mom and sister were watching on, so I captured a quick family portrait before Hannah did a big reveal to her bridesmaids who were waiting in the other room.

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Hannah has the finishing touches applied to her lipstick while getting ready for her wedding in Marina Del Rey.
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Capturing a special moment between Hannah, her moms and bridesmaids in their suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah relaxing on the bed of her Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel suite with her bridesmaids.
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Hannah, her sister and mom admire her dress hanging in a suite window at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A portrait of Hannah preparing for her wedding day in a light-filled suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and her bridesmaids admire their dresses hanging in a suite window at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah’s mom helps to secure the back of the bride’s wedding dress while getting ready at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing a special moment between Hannah, her mom and sister while getting ready in their hotel suite.
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A candid photo of Hannah securing one of her earrings while getting ready for her Marina del Rey wedding.
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Hannah’s sister and sister-in-law assist as she steps into her wedding shoes in a suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Hannah reading a note card from her groom in the lead up to their Marina Del Rey wedding.
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A portrait of Hannah looking stunning in her wedding dress and holding her floral bouquet.
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Hannah looking out her suite window at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel as she prepared for her wedding ceremony.
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A creative, close-up photo of Hannah holding her bouquet in a suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing the stunning details on Hannah’s wedding dress while standing at her suite window.
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A close-up portrait of Hannah smiling at the camera during her Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding photo session.
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A portrait of Hannah holding her bouquet as she prepared for her wedding in a suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A creative photo capturing a special moment between Hannah and her sister at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah’s dad walks towards her during their first look session in a suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah goes to embrace her dad during their emotional father-daughter first look at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Both Hannah and her father wipes away tears during their emotional father-daughter first look session.
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A candid black and white photo of Hannah and her family reacting to the father-daughter first look session.
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A portrait of Hannah with her parents as they prepared for the wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Hannah walking through her hotel suite to see her bridesmaids at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah’s bridesmaids and mom react to seeing her in an elegant suite at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

Hannah then led her bridesmaids up to the rooftop helipad of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel where Eric was waiting for their first look. I photographed Hannah walking across the flower-adorned bridge and both of their reactions at seeing one another for the first time on their special day.

Both the bride and groom’s families were watching on during this emotional moment, as were their bridal party dressed in stylish suits and white dresses. We used the time available for some bridal party portraits on the rooftop overlooking the city of Los Angeles before heading downstairs to a courtyard at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel to continue the session.

We stopped along the way for some creative bird’s eye view shots of Hannah and Eric embracing on the spiral staircase, then captured a kiss between the couple in the courtyard gazebo. Hannah’s cute nephew then came to greet the couple before they were joined again by their bridal party for a relaxed portrait session.

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Hannah leads her bridesmaids upstairs for their wedding portrait session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah walks across a flower-decorated bridge towards Eric during their rooftop first look session.
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Eric turns around to see Hannah during their rooftop first look session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric kiss during their romantic first look session on the rooftop of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing the reactions of Hannah and Eric’s families watching on during the first look session.
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Hannah and Eric smiling at their family during their first look session on the rooftop of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric’s bridal party watch on during the first look session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric kiss beneath their Chuppah while their bridal party celebrate during the rooftop wedding portrait session.
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A bird’s eye view photo of Hannah and Eric kissing on the spiral staircase of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their wedding portrait session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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An elevated view of Hannah and Eric walking hand-in-hand down the spiral staircase of their Marina Del Rey hotel.
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Hannah embraces Eric during their courtyard wedding portrait session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric kiss beneath a gazebo during their wedding portrait session in Marina Del Rey.
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Capturing a special moment between Eric, Hannah and her nephew in the courtyard of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their courtyard portrait session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah surrounded by her bridesmaids in white dresses during their bridal party portrait session at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A creative photo of Hannah and Eric kissing with their bridal party behind at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A playful bridal party portrait of Hannah with her bridesmaids covering their faces with bouquets.
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Hannah and Eric walking through a courtyard of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel with their bridal party behind.
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A portrait of Hannah and Eric in front of an artistic gold wall at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Ceremony photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

It was then time to return to the rooftop where the couple’s wedding ceremony was to take place, with Hannah’s parents walking her down the aisle towards Eric. While we had been worried about rain dampening the day, we got incredibly lucky with just a cloudy sky and beautiful diffuse lighting through the wedding ceremony.

Hannah and Eric’s ceremony combined traditional Western and Jewish elements, honoring the bride’s cultural roots, and I tried to document the proceedings from multiple angles. Aside from a wide-angle shot illustrating the incredible rooftop setting, I also captured up-close shots of the couple’s reactions and those of their parents and bridal party watching on.

Hannah and Eric sealed their marriage with a kiss before making their celebratory recessional walk down the aisle. They paused partway down the aisle for another kiss, with their family and friends congratulating them on either side. We captured a couple of quick portraits of the newlyweds in their reception venue and in front of a pink neon “All you need is love” sign, then left them to enjoy the cocktail hour with their guests.

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Hannah’s parents escort her down the aisle at the start of her rooftop wedding ceremony in Marina Del Rey.
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A close-up shot capturing Eric’s reaction as he watched Hannah walk down the aisle during their rooftop wedding ceremony.
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An emotional moment as Hannah is given away to Eric by her parents during the rooftop wedding ceremony.
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A wide-angle shot of Hannah and Eric’s rooftop wedding ceremony at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Hannah and Eric sharing a laugh with their celebrant during the Marina Del Rey wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo capturing the reactions of Hannah’s parents during the wedding ceremony in Marina Del Rey.
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Hannah smiles at Eric as they exchange vows during a rooftop wedding ceremony in Marina Del Rey.
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Looking across the bridge that led to Hannah and Eric’s wedding ceremony site on the helipad of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Hannah and Eric laughing during their western wedding ceremony at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing the emotional reactions of Eric’s parents during the rooftop wedding ceremony at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Eric smiles at Hannah while standing beneath their floral-adorned Chuppah on the rooftop of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah turns to smile at her family during the relaxed rooftop wedding ceremony in Marina Del Rey.
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Hannah’s bridesmaids wearing white dresses watch on during the rooftop wedding ceremony in Marina Del Rey.
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Eric’s groomsmen standing in a line during the rooftop wedding ceremony at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Eric performing the Jewish “breaking of the glass” during the rooftop wedding ceremony.
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Hannah and Eric kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding ceremony.
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Hannah and Eric make their recessional walk down the aisle with the city of Los Angeles behind.
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Hannah and Eric pause during their recessional walk to kiss in the aisle on the rooftop of Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric kiss between their pink neon “All you need is love” sign at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric look lovingly at one another in the middle of their reception venue at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Reception photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

Hannah and Eric’s wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel was taking place in a ballroom on the top floor, with the couple making their grand entrance and launching straight into their first dance. They then incorporated some Jewish reception traditions, such as the Horah dance, as the bride and groom (and their parents) were lifted above the dance floor on chairs.

Speeches from the bride’s parents, matron-of-honor (Hannah’s sister) and best man (Eric’s brother) followed and I captured the couple’s reactions as they listened in from their sweetheart table. Hannah and Eric then cut their multi-tiered (and multi-colored) wedding cake before their sentimental father-daughter and mother-son dances.

It was open dancing for the rest of the night, with an incredible band providing the entertainment. I tried to document all the action as the couple and their wedding guests let loose, including Hannah’s grandma who was obviously enjoying the celebrations. I photographed Eric being lifted onto the shoulders of his groomsmen and Hannah dancing with the band’s singer before ending the night with a shot of the newlyweds kissing on the dance floor.

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Hannah and Eric make their grand entrance into the wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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The newlyweds look lovingly at one another while performing their first dance at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Eric dips and kisses Hannah at the end of their first dance during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Hannah’s parents taking part in a traditional Jewish dance at the Marina Del Rey wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Hannah laughing while taking part in a traditional Jewish wedding dance with Eric.
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Members of the bridal party taking part in a traditional Jewish wedding dance at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Eric and Hannah’s dad spinning on the dance floor during the Jewish wedding reception in Marina Del Rey.
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A candid photo as Hannah and Eric are lifted up on chairs during a Jewish Horah dance.
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Hannah and Eric holding hands during a Horah chair dance at their Jewish wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Eric’s parents being lifted above the dance floor on chairs as part of a Jewish wedding tradition.
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Hannah’s parents smiling during the Horah chair dance at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah’s sister and her partner kiss on the dance floor during the wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah is embraced by Eric’s parents during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.
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A live band performs during Hannah and Eric’s lively wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Hannah’s parents making a speech during the reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing the reactions of Hannah and Eric at their sweetheart table during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.
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Hannah’s mom makes a wedding reception speech during the celebrations in Marina Del Rey.
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Hannah and Eric are embraced by the bride’s parents following a reception speech.
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A creative photo of Hannah and Eric in their photo booth with the sign “All you need is love” in pink neon.
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A candid photo of Hannah’s sister making a reception speech at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah and Eric share a laugh at their sweetheart table during a wedding reception speech.
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Eric’s brother and best man makes a speech during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.
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Capturing the reactions of Hannah and Eric at their sweetheart table during the best man’s reception speech.
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Hannah and Eric perform their cake cutting ceremony on a multi-colored creation at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Eric laughs as Hannah tastes a bit of cake during their cake cutting ceremony at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Eric and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Capturing the reaction of Eric’s dad watching on during the mother-son wedding reception dance.
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Hannah smiles at her dad during their father-daughter dance at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel reception.
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A black and white photo capturing the reaction of Hannah’s mom during the parental dances.
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A candid photo of Eric being congratulated by the singer of the band on the dance floor at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor and live band at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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One of the groomsmen and his partner dancing during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.
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One of the band’s singers lets loose on the dance floor during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel reception.
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Hannah’s parents and grandma enjoying the dance floor at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A candid photo of Hannah dancing with the band’s singer during her wedding reception in Marina Del Rey.
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Eric being lifted onto the shoulders of his groomsmen during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel reception.
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A candid photo of Hannah’s dad enjoying the dance floor at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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Hannah enjoying the dance floor with her grandma during the wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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A group of wedding guests performing a synchronized dance during the Marina Del Rey reception.
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Capturing a special moment between Hannah and one of her bridesmaids at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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An action shot of Eric getting down on the dance floor with a friend during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.
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Two wedding guests dancing to the live band during Hannah and Eric’s Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel reception.
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The band’s singer surrounded by wedding guests on the dance floor at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.
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The newlyweds kiss on the dance floor during their wedding reception at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Wedding photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

I can’t thank Hannah and Eric enough for selecting me as the photographer to capture this wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, as well as their rehearsal dinner the night before. I know they’re off to Bora Bora to start their married life together and wish them all the happiness in the world.

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